QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle
Grade 2, Limited Handicap,
Ayr 14:55
£105,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1   
Saturday 21st April 2018

1 Midnight Shadow 25/1
2 Claimantakinforgan 11/2F
3 Chesterfield 6/1
4 Charli Parcs 14/1
16 ran Distances: 1¼l, ½l, 2l
Time: 3m 41.50s (slow by 1.50s)

Midnight Shadow wins for Sue Smith and Danny Cook

Midnight Shadow
© Grossick Photography

Making his first start in handicap company in this Grade Two heat, Midnight Shadow was settled on the heels of the early leaders and was primed to challenge as A Hare Breath made his run for home with three to jump.

Danny Cook kicked to the front at the penultimate flight on the Sue Smith-trained winner, but 11-2 favourite Claimantakinforgan was just starting to roll and he pushed Midnight Shadow all the way to the line, eventually being beaten a length and a quarter.

Last year's winner Chesterfield could finish only third after a mistake in the early stages, while Charli Parcs kept on for fourth.

Smith told ITV Racing: "I'm delighted with him. He's done nothing wrong all season and he's obviously appreciated this ground today.

"He's just done nothing but progress so we're really delighted."

QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle
£105,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Midnight Shadow 25/1 Danny Cook
Mrs S J Smith 5
2nd Claimantakinforgan (FR) 11/2f Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 6
3rd ½ Chesterfield (IRE) 6/1 Daniel Sansom (5)
J W Mullins 8
4th 2 Charli Parcs (FR) 14/1 B J Geraghty
N J Henderson 5
5th 1 Brelade 12/1 D N Russell
G Elliott 6
6th ½ Irish Roe (IRE) 20/1 Henry Brooke
P Atkinson 7
7th nk The Unit (IRE) 20/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 7
8th 2 A Hare Breath (IRE) 33/1 D A Jacob
B Pauling 10
9th hd I'm A Game Changer (IRE) (ex5) 10/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 6
10th Flying Tiger (IRE) 17/2 Mr Chester Williams (7)
Nick Williams 5
11th 9 Verdana Blue (IRE) 6/1 James Bowen (3)
N J Henderson 6
12th ½ Beyond The Clouds 13/2 B Hughes
K A Ryan 5
13th ½ Ch'tibello (FR) 20/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 7
14th 11 Sir Chauvelin 20/1 Callum Bewley (3)
J S Goldie 6
15th 58 Attest 40/1 Harry Bannister
W Greatrex 5
PU Flashing Glance 12/1 R T Dunne
Tom Lacey 5